Paediatrics

The paediatric department provides in-patient and out-patient general paediatric services in and around Burton, South Staffordshire, BLT, South Derbyshire and part of Leicestershire. The neonatal unit provides neonatal intensive care and special care as part of the Central Newborn Network (CNN).

Following paediatric consultants maintain a number of sub-specialty interests supported by regional networking and local outreach clinics provided by regional specialists. A number of pediatricians run outreach clinics at Lichfield, Tamworth and Swadlincote

Dr Mansoor Ahmed
Departmental Lead
Lead in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Lead in Nephro-urology and Oncology

Dr Azhar Manzoor
Lead in Cardiology
Named Doctor for safeguarding children

Dr Anthony P Choules
Lead in Paediatric Neurology

Dr Chhavi Goel
Lead for Medical Students
Lead in Respiratory Paediatrics
Special interest in allergies

Dr Dominic Muogbo
Lead in Neonatology
RCPCH (College) Tutor

Dr Sai Yarlagadda
Lead in Diabetes

Paediatrics / Neonates Matron

Vicki Baldwin

Paediatric Ward Senior Sisters

Ellen Deane
Caroline Dodd

Paediatric Clinic Sister                                        

Judy Veale

Neonatal Unit Senior Sister

Shelley Harrington

Paediatric Wards

Our Paediatric Unit comprises of two wards and has 19 beds. It provides care for all children, from birth to adolescence. The children who attend the wards may suffer from a variety of illnesses and/or undergo many different operations, which may involve long or short stays within the Unit. Parents/carers are actively encouraged to be involved in their child`s care with constant support/education from nurses with specialised knowledge in all areas of child and family care.

In order to minimise the trauma of hospitalisation we provide a friendly and safe unit, suitable for the care of children and their families.  The child’s need for privacy, dignity and cultural expression is respected and we provide full opportunity for play, recreation and education. The Wards have an open visiting policy for parent’s/carers, all other friends and family are welcome to visit between the hours of 0900-1900.The Wards are secured and entry is by Swipe or telephone only. The Wards provide an environment which facilitates learning for student nurses under the guidance of preceptors who have specialised knowledge in children and families.

Paediatric Assessment Unit

We provide 24/7 Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) facility. It is a specific unit within the paediatric ward area and accommodates unwell babies as well as children/young people (C&YP), referred by their GP, Community Children's Nurse (CCN), Health Visitor, Minor Injuries Unit, specialist nurses, Midwife and Emergency Department (ED). The PAU aims to minimise time spent in hospital and the number of children admitted to the ward by providing rapid access to assessment, observation and appropriate management by clinicians with paediatric expertise. 

The PAU provides an assessment of children's health needs and a period of treatment and observation for up to 6 hours.  There are 6 assessment/observation areas. After a 6 hour observation period, if the child requires ongoing treatment in hospital, he/she is transferred from the PAU in to an inpatient bed. It provides care for infants and C&YP with acute conditions for whom a short stay with treatment and/or assessment is likely to enable them to be discharged home, without requiring an inpatient admission to the ward.

Paediatric Clinic

Paediatric clinic is situated next to the Paediatric Wards. The Clinic sees between 4,500 and 5,000 children a year as new patients and follow up. There is a huge variety of conditions covered by our paediatricians who (along with general paediatrics) each have their own special interest such as Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Allergy, Asthma/Respiratory paediatrics, Nephro-urology, Neurology/Epilepsy and Diabetes/Endocrinology.

Consultants in adult medicine with paediatric training hold clinics in the department, which includes two Dermatologists. Specialist Paediatric physicians and surgeons from Birmingham Children’s Hospital, The Women’s Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham also hold regular out-reach clinics locally.

Neonatal Unit

The Neonatal Unit cares for sick newborn babies and preterm babies born after the 29th week of pregnancy.  We offer special care, short term intensive care and high dependency care.  A number of nursing staff have a qualification in neonatal intensive and high dependency care. We ensure the required number of nurses qualified in this specialty are on duty at all times.

The Unit is part of a Clinical Network (Central Newborn Network) and we work closely together to develop our services and learn from each other to deliver best practice.  Our main referring Unit in the network is Leicester, who besides providing specialist intensive care, also provide neonatal surgical care.

Our aim is to provide family centered care, involving parents in the care of their baby and keeping them informed every step of the way through their baby’s stay on the Unit. We endeavor to work in partnership with parents to ensure that they are happy and confident in the care of their baby when the time comes to take their baby home.

 

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